1986 Los Angeles Rams season

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1986 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coach John Robinson
Owner Georgia Frontiere
Home field Anaheim Stadium
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card
Previous season Next season
< 1985 1987 >

The 1986 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 49th year with the National Football League and the 41st season in Los Angeles.


NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1986 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular season[edit]


Week Date Opponent Result Summary Attendance
1 September 7, 1986 at St. Louis Cardinals W 16–10 Eric Dickerson ran for 193 yards and two TD's, which offset a 5-for-21 passing performance by new Ram QB Steve Bartkowski. The Rams sacked Cardinal QB Neil Lomax five times and intercepted him once.
2 September 14, 1986 San Francisco 49ers W 16–13 Rams took advantage of the 49ers being without an injured Joe Montana by winning a close one at home on a late FG by Mike Lansford.
3 September 21, 1986 at Indianapolis Colts W 24–7 Bartkowski had a fine day, passing for a TD, and Dickerson had 121 yards and another TD as Rams dominated. The Colts had only 177 yards of total offense and were sacked seven times.
4 September 28, 1986 at Philadelphia Eagles L 34–20 Rams were blown out by an 0–3 Eagles team. Ron Jaworski passed for 3 TD's and Keith Byars threw a halfback option pass for another TD. Steve Dils replaced an injured Bartkowski and passed for 3 TD's late after Philadelphia had built a 34–0 lead.
5 October 5, 1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 26–20 Dickerson had 207 yards rushing, including the winning TD in overtime.
6 October 12, 1986 at Atlanta Falcons L 26–14 Bartkowski returned from injury and passed for 196 yards and a TD against his former team, but the Rams couldn't overcome 141 yards rushing and a TD by Gerald Riggs and four Mick Luckhurst field goals.
7 October 19, 1986 Detroit Lions W 14–10 Rams built an early 14–0 lead behind an 80-yard interception return TD by Nolan Cromwell and a rushing TD by Dickerson, who had 130 yards, and held on for the win.
8 October 26, 1986 Atlanta Falcons W 14–7 Rams held Falcons to 151 yards of offense. Dickerson had 170 yards and got into the passing act with a TD pass to TE David Hill.
9 November 3, 1986 at Chicago Bears W 20–17 Despite only six pass completions on the day, Dils threw a game-tying TD bomb to Ron Brown and Lansford kicked a 50-yard FG to win it as the Rams upended the defending Super Bowl champs.
10 November 9, 1986 at New Orleans Saints L 6–0 Rams lost a defensive struggle on the road.
11 November 16, 1986 New England Patriots L 30–28 Coach John Robinson figured the time was right to start rookie Jim Everett, and the rookie passed for 3 TD's. But, the Rams couldn't overcome a 375-yard passing performance by Tony Eason and two late TD's to Irving Fryar.
12 November 23, 1986 New Orleans Saints W 26–13 Rookie Everett had only 7 completions for 56 yards, but ran for a TD and Lansford kicked 4 FG's
13 November 30, 1986 at New York Jets W 17–3 Rams upended a suddenly slumping Jets team on the road with a TD pass from Everett and a TD run by Dickerson.
14 December 7, 1986 Dallas Cowboys W 29–10 Rams dominated the Cowboys at home with 212 yards passing and a TD by Everett, a 41-yard TD run by Barry Redden, and five sacks, including one for a safety.
15 December 14, 1986 Miami Dolphins L 37–31 Everett was good in this game (251 yards passing, 2 TD's), but Dan Marino was better, passing for 403 yards and 5 TD's, including the winning one to Mark Duper in OT.
16 December 19, 1986 at San Francisco 49ers L 24–14 Needing a victory to win the NFC West division, the 49ers outplayed the Rams, holding Everett to 13–35 passing and intercepting him 3 times. 49ers also had four sacks.


NFC West
San Francisco 49ers(3) 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 374 247 W3
Los Angeles Rams(5) 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 309 267 L2
Atlanta Falcons 7 8 1 .469 2–3–1 6–5–1 280 280 W1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .483 3–3 6–6 288 287 L1


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 28, 1986 at Washington Redskins L 19–7

Awards and records[edit]

See also[edit]

Other Anaheim–based teams in 1986

External links[edit]


Preceded by
< 1985
Los Angeles Rams seasons
Succeeded by
1987 >